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Busted! Breast cancer, money and the media. Part one: Renée Willard’s story

11/05/2015
Welcome to the first part of an 11-part serial on breast cancer in Marin County. This investigation began more than five years ago, when science journalist Peter Byrne encountered a startling fact: 10 percent of all mammograms produce false positives . A longtime Bay Area resident, Peter had for years...

Rising waters threaten homes, roads and beaches

11/05/2015
Imagine that many downtown buildings in Bolinas are regularly inundated by tides, as are hundreds of homes in low-lying areas of Stinson Beach. Agate and Brighton Beaches have disappeared. Twenty miles of Highway 1 are awash in water. Businesses and homes along the East Shore of Tomales Bay are regularly...

Inverness restaurant opens with breakfast, seafood and wine pairings

11/05/2015
A new restaurant called the Privateer is slated to officially open in Inverness on Monday at the Tomales Bay Resort, a space that has been empty for about five years. Helmed by North Carolina native Clayton Lewis, the Privateer will start off serving breakfast and lunch before launching a prix...

Marin Organic ends after 14 years

11/05/2015
Marin Organic, the nonprofit that has championed organic agriculture in the county, announced yesterday that it will cease operating. It has “served its purpose, achieved its goals and completed its mission,” the nonprofit said in a statement. When the organization was created in 2001 to promote organic agriculture, 13 organic...

Model rocket starts fire near Lagunitas School

11/05/2015
A five-acre brush fire that blazed about 150 yards up a hillside behind the upper campus of the Lagunitas School District was caused by a model rocket blown off-course last Friday afternoon, endangering a couple of nearby houses and startling staff, parents and students who were gathered for the school’s...

Muir Woods reservation system open for comment

11/05/2015
The National Park Service’s proposed online parking reservation system for the Muir Woods National Monument is open for public comment until Nov. 22. The new system would compel individual visitors to reserve one of 232 available parking spots for their vehicles through a third-party operator, and commercial shuttles to reserve...

Tomales High agriscience courses offers students practicality

11/05/2015
On Monday morning, six Tomales High School students in William Costanzo’s Soil Chemistry class sat hunched over their school-bought laptops as they waded through an introductory presentation and brief assignment on the basics of pH measurements. It’s a common classroom scene, save for the unique context: this class, for the...

State warns: Don’t catch crabs

11/05/2015
Crabbing in West Marin and along the state’s coast is officially shut down as of Thursday, after the California Fish and Game Commission voted during an emergency meeting to prohibit recreational take and possession of Dungeness and rock crabs from all ocean waters north of Santa Barbara. An unusually long...

Inverness man releases subtle, spooky tales

10/29/2015
Death is the unifying theme of four children’s stories released this month by Inverness author Jeff Hickey. The short collection is intended for middle schoolers and up. “It is about death within the presence of life,” he said. “Life goes on, life is all around us, and yet…death happens all...

Lack of candidates makes for uneventful election

10/29/2015
Residents of Inverness have the only issue up to vote on in all of West Marin in next week’s election. Measure G would allow the Inverness Public Utility District to keep the entirety of the property taxes it collects, which this year amounts to over $430,000. If the measure fails,...

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